Susan Kaye Quinn tops today’s Buffet with Open Minds, the first book in her Mindjack science fiction trilogy.

Susan grew up in California, earned three engineering degrees, and designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now that she writes novels, her business card says “Author and Rocket Scientist.” All her engineering skills come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mindpowers, future dystopic worlds, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Her latest book is Third Daughter, which was released on New Year’s Eve.

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Open Minds

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1)

Mystery > Cozy
Author: Jana DeLeon
Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery)

It was a hell of a longshot…

CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever – in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder…before it’s too late.


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Secrets of a Master Closer: Sell Anything to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

Business & Investing > Marketing & Sales
Author: Mike Kaplan
Secrets of a Master Closer: A Simpler, Easier, and Faster Way to Sell Anything to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

If you want to know, step by step, how to quickly, easily, and smoothly walk anyone from being a skeptical prospect to a happy customer that refers you friends, family, and colleagues…then you want to read this book.

Here’s the deal: At its core, selling isn’t a patchwork of cheesy closing techniques, annoying high-pressure tactics, or gimmicky rebuttals.

True salesmanship follows very specific laws, has very specific steps and stages, and leaves a customer feeling happy and helped. It’s honest, respectful, enlightening, friendly, and done with real care. It’s the type of selling that wins you not only customers, but fans.

Not coincidentally, this is the type of selling that truly great salespeople have mastered. This is the type of selling that keeps pipelines full and moving, and that builds a strong, loyal customer base that continues to give back to you in the form of customer loyalty, reorders, and referrals.

Well, that’s what this book is all about. It will give you a crystal-clear picture of the exact steps that every sale must move through and why, and how to methodically take any prospect through each, and eventually to the close. And how to do it with integrity and pride.

Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers)

Romance > Contemporary > Teen & Young Adult
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Forever Mine (The Moreno Brothers)

Seventeen-year-old Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She’s forced to move, leaving behind everything she’s ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno.

Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be “just friends”. The problem? Sarah’s best friend Sydney is not a girl.

With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home?



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Lawful Escort (Eternal Bachelors Club, Book 1)

Romantic Comedy > Suspense
Author: Tina Folsom
Lawful Escort (Eternal Bachelors Club #1)

When Daniel has to travel to San Francisco and needs an escort for a social event, the beautiful Sabrina shows up on his doorstep. Little does he know that she’s not an escort but a lawyer from a firm he’s just hired for a business deal. Their encounter quickly turns steamy until lies threaten to destroy their passionate affair.

Then Came You: A Prequel to The McPhee Clan

Historical Romance > Westerns
Author: Jillian Hart
Then Came You: A Prequel to The McPhee Clan

When Gil Blackburn finds beautiful Maebry O’Riley in need of assistance, it’s his duty to come to her aid–even if he’s only pretending to be her beau and rescuing her from the unwanted advances of Lawrence Latimer. Gil’s been sweet on Maebry ever since he stepped foot on the Rocking M Ranch, and his feelings are only getting stronger. When he looks at her, he sees forever. He doesn’t want to pretend to be her beau. He wants the real thing.

Maebry O’Riley wishes she wasn’t carrying a torch for handsome Gil. There’s something about him that makes her heart beat a lot faster. His good humor and manly, easy-going nature could capture her heart if she let it. He makes her long for a real future as his wife, but he is a dream that can never be hers. She isn’t free to love anyone, even a good man like Gil.

Chasing Charlie

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: C. M. Newman
Chasing Charlie

Vince Glasser, an overworked federal agent and single father with a troubled past, already has enough on his plate when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He deals with it the only way he knows how–by fighting the illness with everything he has in him. Along his path toward a certain end, he mends relations with his estranged younger brother, reexamines his faith that has lost its place in his life, prepares his son to live life without his parents, and finally finds room for romance with his longtime partner, Angela Hawkins.

Angela, a caring but headstrong woman and one of Vince’s best friends, finds herself falling in love not only with her partner, but also with his young son, Charlie. In caring for both of them, she sees that despite decades-old mistakes that have left her in a pattern of empty relationships, she can still find redemption and have the family she’s always wanted, even if only for a short time. But a nagging feeling tells her that death isn’t the only thing that threatens to tear her new way of life from her grasp. How far will she go to keep her family as intact as she can?

Amidst the struggles of a family with an expiration date, between the medicine and the meltdowns, Angela and Vince find God just in time and learn the true meaning of grace and the power of prayer.

Tears Fall at Night (Praise Him Anyhow, Book 1)

Literature & Fiction > African American > Christian
Author: Vanessa Miller
Tears Fall at Night - (Book 1 - Praise Him Anyhow Series)

Life was good, God was blessing and the Marshall family was riding high, until Carmella Marshall’s husband, Nelson asks for a divorce and then moves in with his girlfriend—who also happens to be her twenty-three-year-old daughter’s best friend—her son gets arrested, her daughter drops out of college, the bills go unpaid, and then Carmella has a nervous breakdown.

The Marshalls have ups and downs like any other family. However, Carmella always thought that God would see them through anything. But when Nelson left and her life fell apart, she realized just how weak she could become, without the strength of God guiding her way. Through prayer, praise, and a love that bonds families together, Carmella renews her trust in the Lord and discovers a way to turn her life around.

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The Daughters of Mars: A Novel

Genre Fiction > Historical
Author: Thomas Keneally
Regularly $9.99, Today $2.99
The Daughters of Mars: A Novel

From the acclaimed author of Schindler’s List comes the epic, unforgettable story of two sisters whose lives are transformed by the cataclysm of the First World War.

IN 1915, Naomi and Sally Durance, two spirited Australian sisters, join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father’s farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Though they are used to tending the sick, nothing could have prepared them for what they confront, first on a hospital ship near Gallipoli, then on the Western Front.

Yet amid the carnage, the sisters become the friends they never were at home and find them­selves courageous in the face of extreme danger and also the hostility from some on their own side. There is great bravery, humor, and compassion, too, and the inspiring example of the remarkable women they serve alongside. In France, where Naomi nurses in a hospital set up by the eccen­tric Lady Tarlton while Sally works in a casualty clearing station, each meets an exceptional man: the kind of men for whom they might give up some of their newfound independence—if only they all survive.

At once vast in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars brings World War I vividly to life from an uncommon perspec­tive. Thomas Keneally has written a remarkable novel about suffering and transcendence, despair and triumph, and the simple acts of decency that make us human even in a world gone mad.

The Raider (Montgomery)

Historical Romance
Author: Jude Deveraux
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
The Raider (Montgomery)

Jude Deveraux continues her beloved Montgomery saga in America with this dramatic, passion-filled tale of rebellion and love — a breathtaking adventure to be savored all over again — or discovered for the first time!

In colonial New England, the British are hunting a fearless, masked patriot whose daring foils them at every turn. He’s known simply as the Raider. Jessica Taggert, a proud-tempered beauty, thrills to the Raider’s scorching midnight embrace, but despises Alexander Montgomery, the drunken town buffoon.

In truth, the cleverly disguised Montgomery lives two lives…and only his triumph over the hated Redcoats will free him, at last, to know the full pleasure of Jessica’s love.

The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unspoken

Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Author: L. J. Smith, Aubrey Clark
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unspoken

Death is only the beginning…

Elena Gilbert’s entire world has shattered in a single moment. Her true love, Stefan, is dead, staked through the heart by their so-called friend Jack. Now the only thing Elena cares about is destroying Jack and his race of scientifically created vampires.

But Jack’s creations are impossible to kill—immune to sunlight, stakes, and every traditional weapon against vampires. Elena and Damon set out to uncover the mystery of Jack’s dark past in hopes of finding his weakness. As they spend more time together, Elena and Damon can’t deny that their connection is stronger than ever. Can she face her feelings for him without betraying Stefan’s memory, or are some things better left unspoken?

The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unseen

Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Author: L.J. Smith
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation: Unseen

For what seems like the first time, Elena and her friends are happy. Elena and Stefan have built a home for themselves in Dalcrest, and all of Elena’s friends are as in love as she and Stefan are. Even Damon is enjoying visiting his favorite old haunts in Europe, and is more surprised than anyone that he’s traveling with Katherine. But lately, Elena’s Guardian senses are on edge, and she can’t ignore the feeling that danger is coming.

When a new threat arrives in Dalcrest, Elena’s worst fears become a reality. Soon, she and Stefan are battling a vicious Old One who is always just out of their reach. And when Damon and Katherine are confronted with a strange and mysterious enemy, Elena worries the attacks are linked.

As dark forces close in, Elena, Stefan, and Damon struggle to survive the only way they know how—together. But their lives are hanging in the balance, and every moment they share could be their last…

McNally’s Secret (Archy McNally, Book 1)

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Lawrence Sanders
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McNally's Secret (The Archy McNally Series, 1)

New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Sanders introduces his most disarming detective in this powerhouse novel of passion, murder, and unabashed greed.

Inveterate playboy Archy McNally gets paid to make discreet inquiries for Palm Beach’s power elite. But keeping their dirty little secrets buried will take some fancy footwork in McNally’s latest case.

A block of priceless 1918 US airmail stamps has gone missing from a high-society matron’s wall safe. Lady Cynthia Horowitz, now on her sixth husband, is a nasty piece of work who lives in a mansion that looks like Gone With the Wind’s Tara transplanted to southern Florida. McNally’s search takes him into a thickening maze of sex, lies, scandal, and blackmail. When passion erupts into murder and McNally must dig even deeper to uncover the truth, he unearths a shocking secret that could expose his own family’s skeletons.

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